Bloom That

It’s gettin’ down to the wire folks, only one week left until Christmas! If you live in SF and are looking to send a sweet little something to either your family, friends, a crush at work, your boss, or a complete stranger, Bloom That has super affordable and beautifully arranged bouquets, wreaths and even mini pies and they’re all delivered within 90 minutes. Their floral assortment is simply curated from what’s local and in-season. It’s a pretty good resource for all you procrastinators…now get to it!

Huckberry Holiday Home

If you live in SF and are hoping to avoid the crowds at the mall this holiday season, stop by the  Huckberry shoppable home this weekend for a unique shopping experience. The Huckberry team has opened up shop just for the holidays and everything you see, and I mean everything, is for sale. They’ll be hosting a Meet the Maker event today with founders of some of their favorite local brands, including Taylor StitchTellasonMarine LayerTrumakerTriple Aught DesignAmerican Giant and more. Go get your shop on!

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In the Kitchen: Homemade Granola Bars

I’ve been overindulging since Turkey Day and a lot of my jeans aren’t too happy about it, but I thought I would slip in a healthy baking recipe amidst all the cookies and cakes I’ve been making. These granola bars are easy and pretty good-for-you, a nice gift alternative for all your health nut friends.

Ingredients:

2 c. old-fashioned oatmeal
1 c. sliced almonds
1/2 c. wheat germ
3 tbs. unsalted butter
2/3 c. honey
1/4 c. light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 c. chopped pitted prunes
1/2 c. chopped dried apricots
1/2 c. dried cranberries

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.

Toss the oatmeal and almonds together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring halfway through, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.

Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the prunes, apricots, and cranberries and stir well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Press the mixture evenly into the pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares.

Vintage Spaces

Retro Midcentury Christmas Holiday Decorations

Vintage Christmas decor at its finest.

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Modern Home with Holiday Whimsy

Modern home whimsical holiday decor (1)

As I gravitate more towards the not so bright color palettes, I’m instantly pulled back when I see homes like this. The home of this young family in London is a gorgeous backdrop for their whimsical holiday decor. That tree makes my insides smile :)

Modern home whimsical holiday decor (2)

Modern home whimsical holiday decor (3)

Images via Livingetc December 2013

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